Societal attitudes toward transgender individuals changing

08/23/2013 | USA Today

Insurance companies increasingly cover gender reassignment surgeries, and the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders dropped the term "gender identity disorder" from its latest version, using "gender dysphoria" instead. "Most transgender individuals have felt this way as long as they can remember," said Loren Schechter, chief of plastic surgery at Chicago Medical School. Some transgender people take hormones to enhance masculine or feminine traits and seek surgery to fully realize their identity as a member of the opposite sex, but some patients seek less extensive surgery or no surgery at all, Schechter said.

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